This Residency Program humbly combines character development, theological training, and meaningful ministry experience in Austin, Texas. We believe that Residents will be a major part of advancing the gospel in this city and around the world. We also believe that God has formed the Staff Team and ministry areas at The Well with a special ability to raise up, develop, and equip emerging leaders, especially minorities and women who may often be overlooked or disqualified. We aim to use our Staff Team, teachings, organizational partnerships, and purposeful experiences to holistically reshape and recreate expectations surrounding leadership, inclusion, and representation in ministry.

The Residency Program is a two-year program that starts in August and ends two years later in July. Some exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

When you finish this program, you will have two years of ministry experience, theological training, character development, and will have been given opportunities to develop a plethora of skill sets ranging from speaking, to leading one-on-one discussions, to handling difficult conversations. To learn more about the desired outcomes of The Well Austin Residency Program, please click here.

Yes, however, we do desire that our Residents all get to learn together in the same classes since this aids to their experience and learning environment while in the program. While it is ideal that Residents are all part of the same seminary, it is not required.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept international applicants at this time.

Residents are responsible for finding their own housing

The Residency Program is best suited for recent college graduates who are committed to attending seminary and pursuing vocational ministry with their degrees. However, we encourage applicants from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, educational levels, giftings, and passions.


If you are determining if The Residency Program is a good fit for you, please fill out this questionnaire.

No. While having a 4-year undergraduate degree will help set up Residents for success at a specific learning level, it is not required and we will seek to meet candidates wherever they are in their educational status.

We want the cohort sizes to be small and intimate — 5-15 people are expected.

Reliant is an evangelical Christian mission agency that is a trusted partner with hundreds of missional churches and Gospel-centered non-profits. Reliant partners with missional churches, like The Well Austin, to mobilize support-based missionaries for the great commission.

Reliant actually employs all Residents and “assigns” them to The Well Austin. We partner with Reliant because they specialize in equipping and sending church-based missionaries like our Residents. This partnership allows The Well to focus on ministry and Reliant to serve the Residents in aspects of employment and support team development.

We have Residents raise support for their ministry training for several reasons. First, we believe raising financial support is grounded in the Bible. There are countless illustrations in the New Testament of churches and individuals financially supporting the work of those called to the task of ministry. As a Resident, you are not only raising funds, you’re developing your ministry support team for the future! This leads to the second reason: relationships. Raising support allows the opportunity for relationships to grow and for specifically gifted people to engage in ministry to the Resident in various ways like providing prayer, finances, and encouragement. Developing a support team is about much more than finances – it’s about helping individuals in our church and other churches participate in the joy of ministry in relationships with ministers and missionaries. Finally, support raising allows for a Resident to grow in his or her faith, seeing and experiencing God’s provision in unique ways many have never had. While this may seem like a daunting task, we have seen over the course of the last decade that God uses support team development to grow Residents in their trust in Christ!

The Well Austin Residency Program, in partnership with Reliant, provides full support raising training. Every Resident attends this training in-person so that we can provide the best face-to-face preparation possible. Our training includes developing a theology of support raising, demonstrating a biblical perspective on ministry partnership, practically setting support goals, and training vision casting skills to equip Residents for success in developing a ministry team. Additionally, each Resident is given personal coaching and regular communication during the support raising season. Following training, our Residents are deputized by Reliant to raise funds for their ministry leading up to the residency start date in August. Each Resident can expect to spend three to five months developing a ministry team and raising support depending on the number of weekly hours he or she is able to invest. The goal is that Residents are fully funded before beginning their Residency, however, we try to do everything we can to enable Residents to start even if support raising has been difficult and less than ideal for them.

Residents raise funds for the total cost of their employment (salary, insurance, taxes, and program costs) so the cost is dependent of individual living expenses and educational paths. It is Reliant’s practice to work with predetermined salaries for living in Austin and help each Resident to establish a customized budget and a support goal that takes into consideration their individual circumstances. It is each Resident’s responsibility to put their best effort into raising their support. Some are more successful than others and we want to be considerate and flexible as much as possible on a case-by-case basis.

Due to the intensity of the program, working a second job during the program is strongly discouraged, although it is up to the Resident to determine what is best for them.

For qualifying minorities and/or women, there are scholarships available from The Well. For more information and the application to apply, Residents can email

The program begins each August and follows the DTS calendar. Applications open in the fall each year in preparation for the fall class the following year.

  • Application deadline (to attend College Station support raising training): February 18, 2022

  • Local interviews end (to attend College Station support raising training): February 25, 2022

  • Decisions sent out (to attend College Station support raising training): March 9, 2022

  • Support Raising Training deadline: March 14, 2022

  • College Station Support Raising Training: April 1-2, 2022 There will be a kickoff Zoom call on March 14, the registration deadline day. Then, Residents will have 2.5 weeks to complete 10-12 hrs of self-driven work on an online learning platform. Then, they will attend the live training in College Station on April 1-2.

  • 30% of support raised: May 1, 2022

  • 60% of support raised: June 15, 2022

  • 90% of support raised: July 15, 2022

  • Residency Program begins: August 1, 2022

  • Residency Program ends: July 31, 2024